posted on Jun, 16 2010 @ 03:57 PM
ulala. You make good point on our destruction of the environment ("our" being US corporations) in other countries around the world and there's no
defense for that, I'd admit. But the only thing trivialized here is your trivializing the magnitude and consequences of this spill.
First off, eleven hard working oil riggers killed by an act of corporate irresponsibility. Companies who cut corners that endanger the lives of their
workers are never acceptable. Here the metaphor is too easy, but oil money is underwritten by blood money. Those weren't just Americans, BTW, there
were also Mexican and I believe UK workers among the dead.
Second, oily beaches are not the main problem and oil does not get cleaned up it were. We found that out in Alaska last year when fisherman took Exxon
back to court after the so called clean up effort so highly touted by Exxon turned out to be merely cosmetic and oil was still being released in the
water, under rocks on the beaches and fouling sea life and migratory bird habitats. That's twenty years later!
Third, what's dying is bottom of the food chain up. BP is hauling away animal corpses and bird carcasses while keeping cameras off the beaches and we
have no idea of what that death toll is. At least three major underwater plumes are destroying the oxygen in the water, plankton, shell fish, corals,
etc. and millions of more fish and birds will die from starvation or toxic chemicals in their food chain - which we're eventually at the top of.
Fourth. It's not so much beaches as the wetlands. You can't get oil out of the wetlands because you can't remove the soil. It's akin to peat and
can't be just scraped off. It's also far more absorbent than even sand, so the oil gets embedded in the organic matter in the soil. No more rushes
will grow for god knows how long and that means no more habitat for miles inland.
Fifth, It's not just a bad smell. It's benzene tuolomene and a dozen other toxic, carcinogenic or neurotoxic chemicals in the water and the AIR.
People will be developing chronic neurological conditions like MS, CFIDS (trivialized in the 80s as chronic fatigue syndrome - much, much worse than
just feeling "tired"), impaired vision and cognitive abilities and sometimes death. Cancer will multiply exponentially over the next twenty years.
Birth defects will too. The human toll is beyond accurate speculation (and of course, speculation is never accurate) but it will run into the
thousands or tens of thousands and who's going to clean up if we all move inland? These are not hysterical claims; they are facts, we just can't
judge the dimensions yet.
Six, a quarter of billion gallons may have dumped into the ocean already perhaps of billion by Christmas if isn't stopped or slowed. Once it catches
the Atlantic Current it's around the world from there, so if you have a coastline in your country it will be your problem too.
Seventh. You don't have to read these threads. Completely your choice what you read and comment on here, so I'd suggest visiting other threads than
Eighth the people who are posting here are sharing information, frustration and theories about what exactly happened and what can be done. Why do any
of those bother you. It would seem that for an environmental disaster to be big enough to impress you , it will probably have to be the last one the
earth will EVER have, because we'll all be dead. But then, we won't be posting anymore, so chreerio mate and carry on.